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ColorFest weekend is only three weeks away and we are preparing for some great food from local restaurants and wines from around the world.

Passport to Pagosa Wine and Food Festival is only one part of a fun-filled weekend.

The celebration starts off on Thursday, Sept. 8, with two wine dinners — one at Alley House Grille and the other at Nello’s Bistro.

These restaurants will pair food with wines supplied from well-established Colorado vineyards, and these dinners will be a treat for all attending.

Friday evening is the Passport to Pagosa, with stellar food and hand-selected wines to inform your personal wine selection in the months to come. Wines chosen cover a range of tastes and budgets and are designed to offer the public new selections in “hot” wines, while making them available locally. Attendees can take notes on their favorites and on some of the delectable hors d’oeuvres they can experience later at our local restaurants.

On Saturday morning, Sept. 10, there will be a mass hot air balloon ascension from the downtown area beginning at about 7:30 a.m., after the pilot briefing. The day continues in the downtown area at noon with the Kidde Karaoke contest under the big tent in the athletic field at Town Park. We’re here to harness the talent and energy of our youth and put them up on the big stage. Just think of it as Pagosa’s own Youth Idol! The music continues with live music beginning at 2 p.m. with the Bands, Brews, Etc. contest. Five musical entries have been selected to compete for a $1,000 prize. The live music and microbrew tasting, with over a dozen regional breweries participating, will take place from 2 to around 7 p.m. when, weather permitting, there will be a balloon glow.

On Sunday morning, Sept. 11, the balloons will ascend from the west side of town around the Wyndham area. There are balloons of various colors and designs and they make for some spectacular photos. This is a wonderful time of the year to invite friends to visit Pagosa and enjoy the start of the fall colors in the high country and some of Pagosa’s great hospitality.

Tickets are $40 per person in advance, $45 at the gate for the Passport to Pagosa. Entry to the Bands, Brews, Etc. competition is only $5 and $15 to partake of the bands and the microbreweries. For more information about various activities throughout the weekend, please contact the Chamber at 264-2360.

Let’s Cha-Cha

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the sixth annual Mountain Chile Cha Cha runs and sizzles its way back into Pagosa. There will be 5k, 10k and half marathon trail races through the beautiful Levine ranch and Reservoir Hill area. The event starts at 8 a.m., with the races beginning and ending at Town Park. Spectators can enjoy the race awards ceremony, which will commence at 12:30 p.m. Beers from Pagosa Brewing and Breckenridge Brewing will be served beginning at 11 a.m.

Another portion of the day will be the Patty Aragon Green Chile Cookoff and Tasting with categories for the amateur and professional. Get your recipes ready. There will also be additional food booths and plenty of entertainment. At 1:30 p.m., a free dance concert with Manzanares begins. For more information about entering the chile cookoff, the trail races or the event in general, visit www.joingecko.org.

Labor Day

As the summer winds down, Labor Day in Pagosa brings us yet another busy weekend.

We welcome all the motorcyclists as they travel through our community to attend the Bike Rally in Ignacio. Don’t miss the Indian Motorcycle Show at the new Ute Heritage and Cultural Museum in Ignacio. This private collection of Indian motorcycles is unique.

The Four Corners Folk Festival hits a new high this year with headliners Natalie MacMaster on Friday evening, Sept. 2, Los Lobos on Saturday, Sept. 3, and Keb’ Mo’ closing the festival on Sunday, Sept. 4. Tickets for one day or for multiple days can be purchased online at www.folkwest.com.

The Rocky Mountain Horsewoman Getaway, with renowned designer Pat Dahnke, will take place over the Labor Day weekend as well. The a la carte packages include a one-hour massage, micro-dermabrasion facial, a two-hour trail ride, tour of the Parelli Center, yoga and Springs passes, and a fashion show and dinner with a $100 voucher toward the purchase of any of Pat’s gorgeous designs. A percentage of the fashion show proceeds will be donated to horse rescue groups. There are also packages that include lodging at the beautiful Hart’s Rocky Mountain Retreat. For more information about the spa weekend, contact Shayla McClure of Mountain Gal Spas at mtnmobilespas@gmail.com or (970) 309-6067.

Membership

Again this week we have a large amount of businesses renewing: Fireside Inn Cabins; Sunset Ranch Cabins; Pagosa Peak Rentals; JJ’s Restaurant; Lantern Dancer Gallery; Touchstone Gift Shop; the Choke Cherry Tree East; Bank of Colorado; Wranglers Balloon Company; Joy’s Natural Foods, located in the Silverado Shopping Center; SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; and the Pagosa Fiber Festival.

The Chamber would also like to announce that we will be collecting recycled CFL light bulbs. These types of bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and should not be simply thrown away. Therefore, the Chamber, in concert with La Plata Electric, will recycle these light bulbs. Just bring the bulbs to the Chamber on your way to the post office or other downtown destinations. We also encourage business owners to check with La Plata Electric regarding the fluorescent fixture rebate program. This rebate program will not be around forever, so take advantage of some extra savings while you can. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 264-2360.

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